We all know toddlers like to put things in their mouth and that can be especially dangerous around unsafe houseplants and garden plants. Remove poisonous plants by giving them away to a friend who does not have children. Some dangerous plants might only cause a child to get an upset stomach while others will require calling the poison control hotline and a trip to the emergency room.


The list of common dangerous plants for children is not a complete list as there are so many types of plants that exist so it is advisable to look up the species of every single plant you own to make sure it is not poisonous.

  • Amaryllis
  • Anthurium
  • Arrowhead vine
  • Azalea
  • Caladium
  • Castor-bean plants
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clivia
  • Delphiniums
  • Devil’s ivy
  • Dumb cane
  • Elephant ears
  • English ivy
  • Ficus
  • Flamingo flower
  • Foxglove
  • Holly 
  • Narcissus (daffodils)
  • Oleander
  • Oxalis
  • Peace lily
  • Peonies
  • Philodendron
  • Poinsettia
  • Poisoin ivy, poison oak, poison sumac
  • Rhododendrons
  • Umbrella tree
  • Water hemlock
  • Wisteria

Check to see if any plants you own or bring home are safe for children. Choose plants that are listed as safe like the plant bamboo Plant Safety for Baby

Be careful with plants at places you visit such as the homes of friends and family. Also, be aware during holidays when the dangerous poinsettia plants are common. Plants and Christmas Trees that are not stable or can be easily knocked down from off the ground can also pose a serious danger to toddlers and babies in the home.

Christmas tree safety